Remembering Dr Terry Austrin – 1950-2018

Dr Terry Austrin (formerly of the School of Sociology and Anthropology, 1987-2013) died unexpectedly and suddenly at home of a severe cardiac arrest on the morning of Friday 1 June 2018.

Many people throughout the University will remember Terry.  He was engaged on so many different levels – interdepartmental research seminars, department reviews, Academic Board, College of Arts committees, the Union, and was a member of the Staff Club.

He was an Adjunct Associate Professor in Sociology and Anthropology since his retirement.  He continued to engage in writing and research and, as the Library staff know only so well, was a voracious reader.

His academic interests were broad and eclectic, ranging from miners, bankers, meat workers, sex workers, new media and social networks, casinos, corporate universities, and more recently, following the tragic death of his son in a motorbike accident in 2015, death, grief and mourning.  He brought a fine sociological mind to all things that he engaged with.

Memorial service

His memorial service is available for viewing live online  for two months after the service (held on 11 June). If you would like to have the link, please contact Maureen.Montgomery@canterbury.ac.nz and it will be forwarded to you as soon as it is made available.